The area shown in this scene is about 15 kilometers (9 miles) north-northeast of the city of Al Mansqil, and it is nearly 60 kilometers (37 miles) from the river. Several bare-looking patches (bottom center, lower left corner) are small villages, while the large bare patch north of image center appears to be open land that has either been abandoned for crop growing or has yet to be intensively cultivated. A field with a purple tinge at upper right may be flooded. This image was captured by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer asterweb.jpl.nasa.gov/ (ASTER) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra satellite on December 25, 2006.
NASA image provided courtesy of NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS,and the U.S./Japan asterweb.jpl.nasa.gov/ ASTER Science Team. Caption by Rebecca Lindsey.